Milk processor Arla Foods UK has promoted Alice Swift as director of member relations / agriculture in this country.

She succeeds Graham Wilkinson who moves to a new pan-European members and agri commercial role, working across all the group’s European regions to ensure an increased and more aligned commercialisation of the farmer-owned agenda across Arla’s business in the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Central Europe. He will remain involved in the development of the agriculture agenda in the UK.

From a Northumberland family hill farming background, Ms Swift spent a year’s work placement with Tesco while at Harper Adams University, joining Sainsbury’s after graduation. Her nine years with the retailer included a leading role in establishing and managing the Sainsbury’s Dairy Development Group and in delivering a carbon footprint initiative to drive farm carbon savings.

Ms Swift joined Arla Foods in 2018 as senior agricultural manager, heading the team of regional managers ensuring milk quality standards are maintained. She also oversaw the customer agriculture team liaising between Arla farms aligned to specific retailers – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Morrisons and McDonalds – as well as the Arla 360 UK standards and innovation programme.